It’s not nuts to be cautious: Being allergic in a nutshell

Anyone who has shared a meal with me knows I carry an Epi-Pen at all times and many can even recite my speech: “I’m allergic to all nuts, seeds and coconuts.” They all know I triple check to make sure nothing accidentally gets into my food. I take my allergies seriously, and they require a […]

Justin Yoo ’15 makes épée history

Fencer Justin Yoo ’15 became the first American fencer in history to place in the top three at both the Junior and Cadet World Championships in the same year this month. He travelled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the beginning of April to compete in the U17 Cadet World Championships and the U19 Junior World Championships, […]

English teacher voices character in alum's game

English teacher Adam Howard ’93 is voice acting for his old student, Sam Farmer ’08, on Farmer’s video game, Last Life. Farmer put the game on Kickstarter April 9 to raise funds to finish development. “It’s a bit of a different style from most games,” Farmer said. Farmer plans to make at least two other episodes […]

Dean coordinator to join English faculty

Upper school Dean Coordinator Ryan Wilson will join the middle school’s English department in the fall. As a dean coordinator, Wilson helped seniors with their college application essays and has also developed a Kutler Center Interdisciplinary Studies course, “The Creative Process from Inspiration to Fruition.” The course was cancelled for next year. Wilson said he […]

Hinden to retire after 23 years

After 23 years at Harvard-Westlake, science teacher David Hinden will be retiring at the end of this school year. When Hinden first arrived at the school, he only taught Biology and Biology Honors. However, as time progressed, Hinden began to play a number of different roles at the school. In addition to teaching, Hinden served […]

The Final Decision

Jackie Ridgley, The All-Around Having been admitted to Columbia University early decision, Jackie Ridgley ’14 decided to attend the school’s admitted students weekend. There she had the opportunity to meet other admitted students as well as spend time on campus. Ridgley particularly enjoyed participating in a bus tour of New York and meeting with one […]

Trustee, alumnus dies while bodysurfing on vacation

Trustee Norman Sprague ’65 died March 14 while bodysurfing in Costa Rica. Sprague began working as a trustee at Harvard School in 1981 and helped during the merger between Harvard and Westlake School for Girls. “It was a contentious time for both schools, and Dr. Sprague’s steady hand on the tiller made a big difference […]

Middle school spring musical to open May 1

The middle school spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” will play May 1-3 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 1 p.m. Students can purchase the tickets online at or at the bookstore. The show is directed by performing arts teacher Jim Doughan and features a cast of 16 students.  

Cut back and don't take away our fleeting time

I’m stressed and blah blah blah blah blah. If you’re a senior or junior you already know what I’m talking about: sophomores, just wait a few months and you’ll know too. I don’t think further explanation is necessary. Stress is just a part of the culture here, and most people have come to accept it. […]

Disney appoints alumnus president

ABC News President Ben Sherwood ’81 will be the next president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, the company announced last month. Sherwood will replace Ann Sweeney, whose decision to step down effective next January was met with widespread surprise when reported last month. Sweeney had picked Sherwood for the ABC […]